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International Water Music Festival - Lake Como
17. Edition - Artistic director: Francesco Senese
Placed under the motto "De - Sidere" to desire beyond. . . the new edition of the 'Musica sull'Acqua' International Festival takes place from 4 to 18 July on Lake Como.

The Festival calendar includes 15 events ranging from classical repertoire to rarer listenings up to original contaminations. To host them, some of the most evocative places of the Lario: the Abbey of Piona, Santa Maria del Tiglio and the residence of Palazzo Gallio in Gravedona, the Auditorium S. Antonio di Morbegno with its frescoes and the cloister, and for the first once Villa Cipressi in Varenna with its extraordinary Botanical Garden and the historic village of Bellano.

On the bill are musicians of international standing, including, for the first time guests of the festival, the English tenor Ian Bostridge, artist in residence of this edition, Magnus Lindgren, Swedish jazz player and multi-instrumentalist and David Salleras, Spanish saxophonist and composer. Another important presence is that of Diego Matheuz. The Venezuelan conductor will be at the helm of the MACH Orchestra (Music Art Creativity Hub) for the third year, a formation born in 2018 within the Festival.

The program in detail:
On 4th July (9 pm) at the Abbey of Piona, Festival inauguration concert with Ian Bostridge in his workhorse, Schubert's Winterreise Lieder cycle, at Julius Drake piano.

On 5 July at the Abbey of Piona (repeat on 8 July in Bellano), the festival's homage to Igor Stravinskij in the 50th anniversary of his death: Francesco Senese, violin and André Gallo, piano perform ballet music, transcribed for two instruments . Scenes by Velasco Vitali, participated by the Mimo Ensemble MACH, directed by Tony Lopreste.

On 6 July at Villa Cipressi in Varenna, debut at the festival for David Salleras, Spanish composer and virtuoso saxophonist, with his alternating compositions in Šostakovič, Poulenc and Nagao.

On 7 July at the Abbey of Piona, the Swedish Magnus Lindgren, one of the most interesting jazz and multi-instrumentalist of the Scandinavian music scene, proposes an unusual program, with his own compositions and pieces by Purcell, Biber, Debussy, Satie, Piazzolla. With Francesco Senese, violin and Nabila Chajai, harp.

Always suggestive, as every year, the appointment with the night concert in the Church of Santa Maria del Tiglio in Gravedona, on July 9th. On the program the Quatuor pour la fin du Temps by Olivier Messiaen, written and performed for the first time in the Görlitz concentration camp in 1941. Ingrid Fliter (piano), Anton Dressler (clarinet), Diana Tishchenko (violin, winner of the last Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris), Gabriele Geminiani (cello). The journalist and musicologist Guido Barbieri will introduce the audience.

On 10 July, matinee with the Promenade Concert along the Sentiero del Viandante. For Dante's anniversary the singer and actress Laura Catrani presents her new project Vox in Bestia with texts by Tiziano Scarpa and music by Alessandro Solbiati, Matteo Franceschini and Fabrizio De Rossi Re. Theme: the 'poetic bestiary' of the Divine Comedy, animals symbolic and real that represent the link between men and God.

Also on 10 July (21h), an appointment not to be missed at the Abbey of Piona: the concert offers the rare opportunity to listen to Jean Cras, composer of the early 20th century in France and a figure of great interest also from a biographical point of view. his life between music (in 1921 he won first prize at the City of Paris Music Competition) and his career in the navy. A musical writing with impressionist hues, with exotic veins, suggested by the many journeys made to distant lands. With Nabila Chajai (harp), Adam Walker (flute), Francesco Senese (violin), Simone Briatore (viola) and Patrizio Serino (cello).

  On 11 July in Morbegno, an appointment with the very young people of MACH Youth, conducted by Diego Matheuz, music by Handel, Glazunov, Mendelssohn. In the Churches of S. Giorgio in Colico on 12 July, and S. Bernardino di Villatico on 13, carte blanche to the musicians of the MACH Orchestra, protagonists of two concerts with surprise solo repertoires. MACH Ensemble follows, always with a surprise program, on July 14 at Molino Maufet in Villatico and July 15 in Bellano.

Finally, the MACH Orchestra, conducted by Diego Matheuz, will accompany Ian Bostridge in the closing events of the Festival, on July 17 in Morbegno, and on July 18 at Palazzo Gallio in Gravedona. The tenor returns with one of his favorite authors, Benjamin Britten, of which he proposes Les Illuminations op. 18 on Rimbaud's poems. The program is completed by the Serenade op. 48 by Tchaikovsky.  

There is more

The motto of the 2021 Festival

“To des-sider, to fix the gaze towards something that attracts, or on the contrary to divert it perceiving a lack understood as a feeling of passionate and relentless research. In a word, desire. Energy that pushes beyond everyday life. In this time of distance and bewilderment, listening and listening to oneself is of vital importance, as well as seeking, experimenting, keeping alive the aspiration to go beyond ”. In the words of the artistic director and violinist Francesco Senese, this is the underlying idea of the current edition of the festival.


MACH Orchestra

The flagship project of the festival is the MACH Orchestra (Music Art Creativity Hub), a formation born in 2018, in which young talents from all over the world meet and play together with musicians first parts of international orchestras, combining educational-musical experiences born around the musical thought of Claudio Abbado, with those of the Venezuelan Sistema Abreu. To further enrich the MACH project, also MACH Ensemble, with an in-depth study on the chamber repertoire, and from this year MACH Youth, with musical and creative ateliers aimed at children and teenagers aged 9 to 17.

International Water Music Festival - Lake Como

Author: Uber Bertiè

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